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Symposium on Medical Education-NO 4
July 27, 1964

Study of Two-Year Rotating InternshipUniversity of Rochester Medical Center—1949-1961

JAMA. 1964;189(4):283-289. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070040033008

THISbout our experiences with a two-year internship program in the University of Rochester Medical Center during the years 1949 through 1961. It is a record of 124 interns, 15 women and 109 men. Hopefully, the record of our experiences may be found useful now or in the future for comparative purposes with other programs, particularly as experiments in the design and operation of internships, much neglected aspects in medical education, may be anticipated.

Cumulative experience of the author in a number of university medical centers heightened by the experience during World War II led to the notion of a new type of rotating internship of two years' duration which would attempt to correct some of the deficiencies of the traditional one-year internship. In Rochester (1946-1948) this idea was discussed with the dean, the hospital medical director, and the chairmen of the clinical departments. It led, in July, 1949, to the

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